Fans have until Nov. 16, the day of the final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the year, to choose from a six-pack of candidates to replace Rachel Rupert as the next brand ambassador for the Official Beer of NASCAR. Over the last four years, Miss Coors Light has grown to become one of the most recognized faces in NASCAR, presenting the Coors Light Pole Award for every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series event while delivering behind-the-scenes access to race fans via her official Twitter and Facebook pages. Click here to scroll through the candidates’ bios and click the one you want delivering ice cold refreshments during the 2015 season. Keep voting throughout the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but remember 21 means 21 to vote. Voting to select next spokeswoman for the Official Beer of NASCAR ends Nov. 16RELATED: Vote for the new Miss Coors Light Like the NASCAR season itself, the Search for the Next Miss Coors Light is rapidly reaching an exciting conclusion.
Kyle Busch came out hot in 2019, snagging a trio of race victories amidst an 11-race top-10 streak to start the season. It seemed a foregone conclusion at the time that he’d be a championship favorite — but after his victory at Pocono Raceway in early June, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver was held winless until his somewhat surprising title-clinching victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.Given his talent behind the wheel and resources at JGR, Busch would appear to be a slam dunk to repeat as NASCAR Cup Series champion — but is he? Many had him pegged as the least-likely Championship 4 driver to win after his second-half drought and up-and-down playoffs, but Busch and crew chief Adam Stevens found a way to prevail.Is a third Cup Series title in the cards for Busch in 2020? NASCAR.com’s Pat DeCola and Chase Wilhelm debate.RELATED: Kyle Busch 2019 season review | Backseat Drivers analyze RowdyDeCola: In absolutely no way am I ruling out Kyle Busch as a championship contender … but I don’t think he’s going to repeat. Through the first six iterations of the elimination-style NASCAR Playoffs format, we’ve yet to see a repeat champion, and in two of the last three years, the champion from the previous season failed to even make it back to the Championship 4.Rowdy’s victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway, though impressive, felt like more of a rising-to-the-occasion-type moment for him, Stevens and the No. 18 team than a sign all of their second-half ailments had all of a sudden been cured. The early portion of Busch’s 2019 season was dominant at times, but the group seemed to either lose its footing midway through or, perhaps, were just caught up to by other organizations as the summer months ticked off. Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 team, specifically, seemed to have the inverse of Busch’s season, sputtering out the gate a bit but riding a hot streak to Miami.Throw in that two of his own teammates in Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. — arguably the two best drivers of ’19 — are destined for more success this season and Busch might not even be the championship favorite in his own stable.I fully expect Busch to win around five races in ’20 and probably make his sixth Championship 4 appearance in seven years — who knows, maybe he could steal it away again — but I’d probably put him at about third overall on my championship favorites list at the moment.MORE: 2020 Power Rankings | 2020 scheduleWilhelm: During Championship 4 Media Day in Miami, I was persistent in saying Busch had the lowest chances of hoisting the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series trophy at Homestead-Miami Speedway compared to Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.Let’s just say I’ve learned from my mistakes.So, I’m going to try a different strategy by getting on the Rowdy train and riding it all the way to the finale at Phoenix Raceway in 2020. I think Busch hits a stride this upcoming season, winning way more than three races on his way to defending his title.Busch didn’t have a career season by any stretch last year, but that should teach everyone to never count out the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team led by mastermind crew chief Adam Stevens — no matter the circumstances. Regardless of his winless streak after Pocono Raceway last season, we should have known not to bet against him when the odds aren’t in his favor. Case in point: 2015 when he missed 11 races and came back to earn five race victories en route to his first championship.Are there plenty of other championship-caliber drivers who will give him a hell of a run for his money this year? Yes.But will Busch be able to handle any pressure thrown at him for the ultimate prize? Fo sho.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne of the most inspiring examples of neighbors helping neighbors around the New York City area in the wake of Hurricane Sandy is the emergence of ad hoc “charging stations” for people without power who need to charge their cell phones.From his blog, AmericanScience, a Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology reported in Hoboken, NJ, on the neighborly phenomenon of sharing electricity which he calls, a social innovation: We don’t have riots here. It’s just the opposite. If anything, you see real solidarity. Strangers are helping strangers. My colleagues and I check in on each other. The community…has rallied.The neatest thing I’ve run across: We were walking down 11th Street, and we saw that people with electricity had run extension cords out of their front windows to power strips on the sidewalk.People who don’t have power are coming to these places to charge up their electronics and cellphones.I walked down 11th St around noon. There were around 20 charging stations within the span of four blocks.I’ve seen more since, up and down Hudson Street, at Clinton and 11th. There must be nearly fifty of them.Photo, top: Russell Stainer, Hoboken, NJBottom photo by Lee, American Science BlogAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Photo: Graham Watson – grahamwatson.com Earlier this week, Specialized put out a video on Alberto Contador’s special pink shoes that they had created for the Giro. As Contador continues to lead the Giro, his pink shoes perfectly match the pink leaders jersey. Alberto is also sporting some pink Boa Reels on his shoes, but those are for a much more important cause: fighting breast cancer.We’ve all probably known someone one way or another, who has been affected by breast cancer, so with a $10 minimum donation to the Breast Cancer Network of Strength you can show your support with the custom pink reels. Currently the reels only fit low profile shoes from Specialized, Lake, and Scott, among a few other non cycling footwear brands. Installation of the pink reels couldn’t be any simpler, and the kit even includes the needed allen wrench.If you own a pair of Boa equipped shoes, this is a no brainer as it is always good to have an extra reel or two, and this way you’re helping people out in the process.Want to see Contador’s pink shoes? Spy them after the break!
The Wall Street Journal: Infants as young as 6 months are capable of making predictions based on probability, a higher level of reasoning than is commonly believed possible, researchers have found.When shown a range of facial expressions, children as young as 7 months cast the longest gaze on the fearful face, similar to adult behavior, which scientists say signals an early sign of emotional processing.…“The baby brain is a mystery, waiting to be unpeeled. It’s full of secrets waiting to be uncovered,” says Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, at the University of Washington in Seattle. Scientists at the institute are conducting some of the first experiments using magnetoencephalography, or MEG, brain-imaging machines on children. The technology allows researchers to measure magnetic-field changes around the brain while a baby sits under what looks like a beauty-salon hair dryer. Dr. Kuhl says the technology is noninvasive and silent, making it ideal for working with babies.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >
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AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening Movie theaters, other entertainment businesses reopen in SWFL The nation’s largest movie theater chain changed its position on mask-wearing less than a day after the company became a target on social media for saying it would defer to local governments on the issue.AMC Theaters CEO Adam Aron said Friday that its theaters will require patrons to wear masks upon reopening, which will begin in mid-July. Customers who don’t wear masks won’t be admitted or allowed to stay.“We think it is absolutely crucial that we listen to our guests,” Aron said. “It is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks.”Rival chain Regal followed AMC’s lead. Spokesman Richard Grover said Friday that moviegoers must wear masks in all its theaters as well.AMC Theaters wasn’t the first to say it would defer to officials on the mask issue. That policy was identical to what Cinemark announced earlier this month. Cineplex Inc., which has a 75% box office market share in Canada, said they will leave it up to moviegoers to decide if they wear a face mask inside their theaters. Company spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange said they are taking the lead from public health authorities and provincial guidelines. She said employees will be required to wear masks.Most major retailers require masks for customers only where local rules mandate it.But the AMC plan hit a nerve for many on Thursday and #boycottAMC quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.The outrage was further flamed by one of Aron’s comments in an interview with the Hollywood trade Variety that implied that taking a hard stance on mask-wearing was a political matter.“We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy,” Aron said. “We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask-wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary.”He also said that he thought the “vast majority of AMC guests will be wearing masks” and that he planned to lead by example and would be wearing a mask himself.The interview came on the same day that California started requiring people throughout the state to wear masks in most indoor settings and outdoors when distancing isn’t possible.While public health officials say wearing a mask is important in helping stop the spread of COVID-19, not wearing one has become a political statement for people who say it violates their freedom or exaggerates the threat of the coronavirus. President Donald Trump has pushed back against masks, even as the virus has killed more than 100,000 Americans this year.Earlier Friday, Alamo Drafthouse, which operates around 40 locations in the U.S. said that it would be requiring that guests wear masks at its theaters, with a caveat for eating and drinking. Those without masks, it said, would be given one. AMC plans to sell masks for $1.Most indoor U.S. theaters have been closed since mid-March because of COVID-19. But both independent locations and major chains are readying to reopen within the next month.AMC said it will open 450 of its U.S. locations on July 15, with the goal of having most of its theaters in operation by July 24 for the opening of Disney’s “Mulan” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” the following week.—AP Business Writer Tali Arbel contributed from New York. Robert Gillies contributed from Toronto. Published: June 19, 2020 7:19 PM EDT Updated: June 19, 2020 7:24 PM EDT Recommended Author: LINDSEY BAHR / AP Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE NEW YORK (AP) AMC enforces a new mask wearing policy
Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) has announced that the 2020 Yamaha X-Max will now be available in new colour options. Priced at RM21,500 (basic price without insurance, road tax & registration) fellow Yamaha enthusiasts can choose between the new Matt Blue, Matt Silver, and Matt Grey.Matt GreyThe 2020 Yamaha X-Max is considered by many as one of the best maxi-scooters for the Malaysian market thanks to its great size, comfort riding, and relatively affordable price. Fitted with a 250cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled SOHC engine, the Yamaha X-Max produces around 22.5hp (16.8kW) at 7,000rpm and 24.3Nm of torque at 5,500rpm.Matt SilverPaired with its efficient V-belt automatic transmission, the 2020 Yamaha X-Max offers a comfortable yet exhilarating riding experience, even when carrying all your gear and pillion. The huge under-seat storage space presents an added bonus for owners as they can store a lot of things, including a backpack that fits a 15-inch laptop.Matt BlueWe’ve personally tested what the Yamaha X-Max has to offer when it comes to power delivery and handling on different riding terrains from highways to urban jungles. We were especially impressed with how it handled, even during tight corners. In short, it’s a good all-round bike to own and ride for both daily commutes and some fair distance touring. More info in the link, below!2018 Yamaha XMAX 250 Test & Review–Ads–
Tennessee regains an offensive weapon this week against Oklahoma with Pig Howard’s return from suspension.KNOXVILLE — According to Tennessee coach Butch Jones, there are no starters anymore.“We have individuals that take the first snap,” Jones said. “The old days of a depth chart … those days are long gone. It’s whoever finishes up the week of practice, meetings and all that, they’ll take the first repetition.”By that logic, senior receiver Pig Howard won’t be labeled a “starter” when he returns to the field Saturday against No. 19 Oklahoma (5 p.m., ESPN) after a one-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Rather, he’ll just be an individual who helps to add depth at a position where the Vols are in need of it.Vols WR Pig Howard suspended for season openerWhat Howard’s role will be after missing the season opener remains to be seen, but his coaches believe he’ll be able to contribute immediately. A season ago, Howard, an Orlando, Fla., native, led Tennessee with 54 catches and 618 yards.“We expect him to go out there and play great,” said Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord.The Vols’ aerial attack could use the extra weapon as it tries to keep pace with the Tennessee ground game, which raced to a fast start in Week 1. Though six players caught passes against Bowling Green, only five accumulated positive yardage. The group was led by Nashville freshman Jauan Jennings, who caught three balls for 56 yards in his debut at receiver.Jones estimates that Tennessee needs to play 10 different receivers to be competitive because of the high-speed offense it runs. He said the Vols aren’t quite there yet.“Having Pig Howard back will help those matters,” Jones said. “But we want to get to a point where we have great depth.”Howard took his suspension in stride, according to Jones, transitioning nicely into a role on scout team. The 5-foot-8 Howard, who was not made available for interviews this week, simulated the quickness of Bowling Green’s offensive weapons.“Now it’s obviously back in the full flow of the game preparation for him and the full volume of the playbook,” said Jones, who added that he hopes Howard plays a big role in his return. “I thought he has had two very good practices so far.”Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] and on Twitter @MattSlovin. Pig Howard through the years 2012: 13 catches, 54 yards, one touchdown 2013: 44 catches, 388 yards, three touchdowns 2014: 54 catches, 618 yards, one touchdown NEXT GAME NO. 19 OKLAHOMA at NO. 23 TENNESSEE When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Neyland Stadium TV/radio: ESPN/104.5-FM
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Charlie Austin’s fifth goal of the season had put Rangers, who face Blackburn on Wednesday, on course for a fourth consecutive league win. Rob Green posted on Twitter after being sent off in QPR’s 2-1 home loss against Nottingham Forest, saying he was sorry for being the “catalyst” for the defeat.Rangers were leading 1-0 when their goalkeeper conceded a penalty and was sent off for pulling down striker Chris O’Grady after failing to control a back-pass.It was only the second time Green, 35, had been sent off in his long career. AdChoices广告